Archaeology and Anthropology seek to understand the nature of human societies, the material worlds they inhabit and the extraordinary variety of cultural life over time.

This integrated degree programme is run jointly by the Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology, and the Department of African Studies and Anthropology, who together provide an exceptionally diverse and dynamic learning environment.  It is designed both for future archaeologists and anthropologists, and for those seeking an exciting and dynamic non-vocational degree course.

Every aspect of human experience and expression is open to archaeological and anthropological enquiry, including ritual and religion, social organisation, art, architecture, music, mythology, dress, identity, technology, health, violence, migration, economy, and landscape. Each discipline complements and enriches the other and, in combination, guide contemporary understanding of global human culture and its diverse forms, achievements and changing character.

There is great emphasis on student choice, small-group teaching, individual research and thematic study.  Areas of study in the programme are diverse and the coverage global, ranging from Europe to Africa, Asia and the Americas, and embraces all human cultural life from the Palaeolithic to the present day.

Why Study this Course?

 

  • Outstanding reputation – We rank 3rd for Anthropology in the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • Exceptional learning resources – You will have access to a range of learning resources including environmental and material culture teaching collections; the Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology Museum; the Eton Myers Collection and the Danford Collection of African art and artefacts.
  • Field work opportunities – There are many opportunities to take part in field work and develop your practical archaeology experience. Recent digs include a middle-saxon site in nearby Shropshire and a long-term project to uncover an imperial palace in Carnuntum, Austria.
  • Be a part of an exciting department – You will join a lively environment with many opportunities to enhance your student experience, including the highly active Newcastle Ancient History, Classics and Archaeology Society (BACAS), which organises events such as film nights and museum trips throughout the academic year.
  • Taught by experts – You will study alongside some of the finest minds at . Times Higher Education ranked the Department of African Studies and Anthropology 2nd in the country for its performance in the latest Research Excellence Framework exercise, whilst our Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology was ranked in the Top 5.

Institutional Accreditation 

University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission (DETC), www.detc.org.uk Since , University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

BA Archaeology and Anthropology

 

Course Level:

Undergraduate, Single Honours

Credits 

120

Course

CODE U412

How long it takes:

Undergraduate (3 Year)

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$20,220

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

First year

Compulsory modules

  • Project A (10 credits)
  • Project B (10 credits)
  • Understanding Archaeology (20 credits)
  • Practice of Archaeology (20 credits)
  • Studying Societies (10 credits)
  • Anthropology and its Regions (10 credits)
  • Anthropology of Africa (20 credits)
  • Thinking Anthropologically (20 credits)

Descriptions of first year modules

Second year

Compulsory modules

  • Theory and Ethnography (20 credits)
  • Research in Practice (20 credits)

Optional modules

80 credits of optional modules – for the optional modules, you can choose to take 20-40 credits from Department of African Studies and Anthropology and 40-60 credits from Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology.  

Descriptions of second year modules

Year abroad

You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year. Find out more.

Final year

Compulsory modules

  • Dissertation (40 credits) with African Studies and Anthropology or a Dissertation with Classics, Ancient History or Archaeology or a CAHA Extended Essay (20 credits)  

Optional modules

Choose 80-100 credits (depending on whether a Dissertation or Extended Essays has been chosen) of optional modules and students must take a minimum of 20 credits of these modules from each department. 

Entry requirements

 

Applicants should normally have one of the following:

  • A non-law bachelor’s degree (from a UK university or recognised by the BSB if you wish to study the BPTC), or
  • A ‘stale’ law degree, where five or more years have elapsed since graduation, or
  • An academic or professional qualification at degree equivalent level

If English is not your first language, you will also need to demonstrate your English Language proficiency. For example, you should have IELTS 7.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in all components.

If you intend to become a Solicitor

The Solicitors Regulation Authority has reduced its requirements for pre-authorisation this year. For details of the current arrangements, see the SRA website. You should pay special attention to the Character and Suitability section. If you think you may have a character or suitability issue, you may wish to clarify with the SRA before proceeding with the GDL.

See further details of our English Language requirement

USA,UK & EU students, 2019/20 (per year)

£8,500

International students starting 2019/20 (per year)

£13,100

 

Assessment

You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.

All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.

Our unique degrees are designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development – a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today’s competitive graduate market.

Studying BA Archaeology and Anthropology involves analysing evidence of human activity throughout human history. This develops skills in research, analysis of complex information, working independently and as part of a team, and communicating judgments and arguments.

In your Archaeology-based modules, you will study material remains in addition to other sources such as written evidence, and use scientific principles and concepts. You will have the opportunity to carry out self-directed project work, which improves self-management, organisation and research skills.

You will be in high demand and well placed to forge a rewarding career in a variety of areas, including:

  • Professional archaeology
  • Museums and curatorial work
  • Education
  • Civil Service
  • Media

Some example of jobs that our Anthropology and Archaeology graduates have included archives, conservation, heritage and museums roles, project officer and recruitment consultants. Some graduates will go onto undertake further study and research in pursuit of higher degrees.

 

Developing your career

Employers target University of Newcastle students for their diverse skill-set and our graduate employment statistics have continued to climb at a rate well above national trends. If you make the most of our wide range of opportunities you will be able to develop your career from the moment you arrive.

  • Careers events – we hold events covering careers in teaching, event management, marketing and working with charities to help you meet potential employers and learn more about these sectors.
  • Global Challenge – you can apply to work overseas on an expenses-paid placement during your summer vacation through our Global Challenge initiative.
  • Work experience bursary – we encourage you to apply your skills in the workplace by undertaking internships in the summer. Our work experience bursaries allow you to apply for funding to support you during unpaid internships.
  • Cultural Internships – our innovative Cultural Internships offer graduates the opportunity for a six month paid internship at a leading cultural institution in the West Midlands. These internships will give you professional experience to set you apart in a competitive graduate market. Our current partners include Newcastle Museums and Art Gallery, Newcastle REP, Newcastle Royal Ballet, City of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra, Iron bridge Gorge Museums Trust, Library of Newcastle.

There are also internships available at our own cultural assets, such as Winterbourne House, the Lapworth Museum, and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts.